As the name suggests, snapping hip refers to a condition which produces a snapping noise in the hip which is usually palpable as well (Yen, Lewis and Kim, 2015).
Snapping hip, also referred to as coxa saltans, is divided into external and internal types and is caused laterally by the iliotibial band and anteriorly by the iliopsoas tendon.
Most common is the snapping/jumping of the iliotibial band or anterior aspects of the gluteus maximus as they travel over the greater trochanter during hip flexion and extension or internal and external rotation (Yen, Lewis and Kim, 2015). Snapping hip is caused by a tight muscle in the hip snapping over a bone. When the hip is moved, the muscles around the hip glide over the bones and any bumps on the bones and if a muscle is tight it can momentarily get caught or snagged.
Treatment of choice is conservative and management of this condition involves correction of abnormal biomechanics and training techniques → adapting exercises and activation of muscles.
Yen Y., Lewis C.L. and Kim Y., 2015, Understanding and Treating the Snapping Hip, Sports Med